Long Island Birding

A gorgeous Roseate Tern at Nickerson Beach!

A gorgeous Roseate Tern at Nickerson Beach!


Today, Karen Miller and I headed to Long Island to try for some of the year birds I have missed and to increase her list for the state. We had a great day (though we missed some good birds) and saw some neat birds up close and personal. We birded Jones Beach, Nickerson Beach and Jamaica Bay. Each had its highlights and some aha moments. We were hoping to relocate the White-faced Ibis for Karen, but it didn’t happen. Another miss was the Wilson’s Phalarope found by Karen Fung (congrats Karen!) Still we had many birds at each location. The best bird of the day (for me) was a Roseate Tern at Nickerson Beach. The bird was banded, #S58. I will be submitting it to the Banded Bird site to see where it has come from and been. There were other highlights too. A pair of American Oystercatchers and their three chicks gave us an enjoyable experience. A dozen Least Terns at Nickerson Beach were nice too. at Jamaica Bay a nice adult Little Blue Heron was good. We really enjoyed ourselves and can’t wait to get down to the island again.
An adult American Oystercatcher with three chicks!

An adult American Oystercatcher with three chicks!


Two Redknots in the surf at Nickerson Beach.

Two Redknots in the surf at Nickerson Beach.

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4 Responses to Long Island Birding

  1. Kathleen Ashman says:

    Looks like you and Karenhad a wonderful day despite not getting some of your target birds! I absolutely love the photo of the American Oystercatcher and her little ones!

  2. Thanks Kathy! The Oystercatchers were quite unexpected (thought it was too early for chicks yet) and very entertaining. The whole area is always great for birds and I was glad Karen got to see it.

  3. Gordon Lam says:

    Hi John. Hoped you got on the phalarope at JBWR yesterday as well. Lori and I were there so it would have been funny to run into you twice in a row!

  4. Wish that we had. We searched several spots, it wasn’t being seen at that time at all. Maybe next time. We’ll run into you again I’m sure!

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